[[caption-width-right:350:Crossing the river.]]

-> "They have reached the Promised Land--the Land of "Milk and Honey"--the Land of GRASS".

''Grass'' is a 1925 documentary film directed by Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack. It is a record of the nomadic Bakhtiari tribe of Persia, 50,000 strong with 500,000 animals, as they make their seasonal migration to better pasture land. The filmmakers followed the Bakhtiari over the rugged desert of western Persia, across the unbridged Karun River, and over the nearly 14,000 foot Zard-Kuh Mountains, on their way to finding grass for their animals.

''Grass'' was a hit, and allowed Cooper and Schoedsack to follow up with ''Film/{{Chang}}'', a similar documentary that was nominated for an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward for "Unique and Artistic Production". That film also did well, which allowed Cooper and Schoedsack to make a little movie called ''Film/KingKong1933''.


* BookEnds: The Bakhtiari strike their tents at the start of the journey and put them up again at the end.
* CreatorCameo: Cooper and Schoedsack introduce themselves on camera before the film proper starts.
* CrossingTheDesert: Before even reaching the Bakhtiari, the filmmakers have to cross the "salt desert of Anatolia", and deal with sandstorms.
* TheDeterminator: An entire tribe of Determinators. Their sandals aren't suitable for mountain climbing, ''so they climb the mountain barefoot''.
** When they reach the Karun River, they make rafts out of inflated goat skins and wood. The crossing is perilous and quite a few of the livestock appear to be lost.
* {{Documentary}}: One of the first, although it was proceeded by ''Film/NanookOfTheNorth'' (1922).
* EarthyBarefootCharacter: Not all the time, but when they have to do it to climb a goddamn mountain, they go barefoot.
* PreciousPuppy: An incredible scene where a puppy hops out of a pouch on a camel's saddle, and the camel nuzzles the puppy.
* RepeatCut: Used when the Bakhtiari are striking a tent at the beginning of the journey.
* SceneryPorn: Some amazing shots of rugged, snowcapped mountains, the river, the plains, the camels silhouetted against the sky.
* TitleDrop: Haidar Khan, chief of the Bakhtiari, explains that the grass is withering, so they must move. The title is dropped again in the closing caption, which is also the page quote.